Who Hijacked Our Country

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce

We've lost another one.  Jack Bruce was probably the least famous of the three Cream members (bass and most of the vocals), and he pretty much fell off the public radar after Cream's short-lived career ended.

He had a brilliant career that pre-dated Cream and continued throughout most of his life (his most recent album was released in March 2014).  He came from a jazz background; he played in several lesser-known blues and jazz groups in the early-mid 1960s.

After Cream broke up, he released several solo albums and played with a lot of jazz and blues-rock bands (the most famous was probably West, Bruce and Laing).  My personal favorite was Jack Bruce's work with Lifetime (1970, give or take a year), with Tony Williams, John McLaughlin and Larry Young.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's even more amazing when you consider Ginger Baker is still alive, talk about a guy that abused himself. I always thought Cream limited Jack and was glad to hear him cut lose afterwards.

Those guys played before the head-bobbing, Body-english, Pyrotechnic based "entertainment" they call rock today. I'm not sure Cream wouldn't have lasted with MTV.


October 25, 2014 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I thought Cream was great, but their format must have been constricting for Jack Bruce.

Sometime around 1970, I think Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker were both named in some sort of "pool" on who would be the next rock star to OD.

October 26, 2014 at 10:37 AM  

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